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Welsh Government issues fee ban guidelines

19 August 2019

Guidance for the Renting Homes (Fees Etc.) (Wales) Act 2019 has been issued for landlords and letting agents. The guidelines explain what payments and fees may or may not be taken when setting up and amending a tenancy, and the consequences of taking prohibited payments. Read More...

Keeping housing healthy – David Cox’s five-point market manifesto for the new Prime Minister.

19 August 2019

David Cox, ARLA Propertymark Chief Executive, has outlined a housing manifesto that he believes will keep the sector healthy. With a new government settling in, this may be an ideal time to investigate and implement these reforms. Read More...

Industry changes Q&A with Darren Clapp

19 August 2019

Darren Clapp, ARLA Propertymark member and Chief Executive Officer of KPR, a prop tech company which specialises in property reporting and compliance, gives his views on latest industry changes. Read More...

Scottish Letting Agent Registration figures released

Friday 01 March 2019

The Scottish Government have confirmed 367 agents have had their applications approved and have now been issued with a Letting Agent Registration Number (LARN). This is on a total of only 889 applications received to date.

There are currently another 100 applications in progress and the Scottish Government have requested these agents exhibit the relevant documentation which supports their application.

Over 50 applications have been received from agents who are operating without a client account and the Government are doing everything possible to make sure these agents will have one in place once the time period limit to process an application, the 2 October 2019, arrives.

So far 97 business who have not submitted a registration application have been investigated.  67 of those have been issued with compliance letters and 1 issued with a power to obtain a further information order.

Further action

The Scottish Government are encouraging sector engagement and further information on those that are suspected to be operating as an agent but haven’t applied for registration. Share your information with Daryl McIntosh or direct to the Government Dept. 

Helpful information

Members can download our unique Fact Sheet, that breaks down the legislation and what exactly agents and property managers must do. Log in and download the Fact Sheet.

As an extra help, the ‘Safe Guarding Your Money’ leaflet is available to purchase from our online shop, which you can distribute to your landlords and their tenants.

News article - Scottish letting agents must ensure that they have joined the Register of Letting Agents, or they’ll be breaking the law.